These people have killed it.
I'm afraid you are right. I remember seeing the 30th anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech. I expected the event would attract a few of the far left groups out to look for an excuse to make noise, but I figured most of the people would be there to have a respectful celebration of the Civil Rights movement. I was wrong.
There was no spirit of reverence or rememberance during the 1993 event -- at lest not that I could detect from watching the network news. The whole event had been taken over by a mixture of radical environmentalists and militant homosexuals. I swear that one news report I saw focused on a large group of leather fetish freaks cavorting about -- men wearing weird S&M black leather outfits. No doubt they carried signs demanding society show them respect, as they whipped one-another on the rear-end. It all looked like "Carnival" as organized by gay communist leather fetish freaks (yuck). I swear I am not making this up -- my imagination is not vivid enough to make something like that up, and what imagination I do have is not spent thinking about leather, or about men -- and certainly not about men in our out of leather! I can joke about it a little, but it really was horrible. When I saw the mockery they made of Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement, I was very angry and sickened. To me it felt like they were assassinating Dr. King all over again -- I don't know how else to describe it.
There could not be a greater contrast with the 1963 event -- The next time you see a tape of Dr. King giving the "I Have A Dream" speech, look at the crowd all around him. It shows thousands and thousands of people, all well-behaved and most of the people are wearing their best clothes -- as if they were going to church or to a business meeting. The people who witnessed the "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 and the people who were using the 30th anniversary as an excuse to party seem to be from different planets. It is worthwhile to beg, borrow, or steal a video recording of the "I Have A Dream" speech -- you will witness one of the greatest American speeches of the 20th Century. It is impossible for me to reconcile that with some of the scenes I saw in news reports of the 1993 celebrations. The 1993 event looked like something out of a nightmare of a mad man.
As a teacher I have shown that speech to my students, and have always been proud that it was an inclusive speech. Everyone is welcome to the table.
After watching this circus on C-Span this morning I am sickened at the partisan attacks that took place. Speaker after speaker lashed out at the Bush Administration, calling them the evil ones.
Unfortunately they don't see the progress that has been made in 40 years.
A profound event that could have been uplifting was turned into a terrible sadness.